Craft/DIY Ideas, Parenting Tales

Family Advent Activity Calendar

Flipping my calendar over to December was a semi-shock to me this morning. Is it just me, or does every year go a bit faster? Seriously, can I get an amen from someone else on this? Anyway, in case you haven’t noticed or are in denial, Christmas really is a few short weeks away. Our family had the privilege of lighting the first candle for advent at church this past Sunday. I had been wanting to make some kind of advent calendar for the kiddos and have run across SO many cute ideas out there! Taking ideas from a bunch of different people and putting my own spin on it, this is what I came up with:




If you’re interested in how I made this, here are the basics:

I took a blank canvas, stretched a festive print fabric over top of it, and stapled it onto the back.

Then I took plain wooden clothespins, a good ole’ black Sharpie, and numbered them 1 to 25.

After that I used 25 squares of printed cardstock and wrote an activity for our family to do on the back of each one.

To put it all together, use lengths of yarn or twine and stretch across the canvas, stapling tightly to the back. Arrange the clothespins with an activity square attached to each one, making even rows.

That’s pretty much it! This project took very little time to make and I’m hoping the kids like discovering something new to do every day.


12 thoughts on “Family Advent Activity Calendar”

  1. That is so cute! I have seen this idea on Pinterest too- I think yours looks wonderfully festive and fun!

    I am hosting an Advent calendar link up as part of my 12 Days of Christmas series at my Christmas blog. I would be honoured if you could stop by and link up this wonderful idea/post!

    Best Christmas wishes,

  2. I love the fabric! This is such a wonderful, cheery advent calendar. I also love that its about doing things as a family rather than stuff.

    Michaela @

  3. Adorable! We do an advent activity each day too, but our calendar isn’t nearly that cute! Great job! I’m so glad you shared at Shine On Fridays! Hope you’ll come back this weekend!

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